Cyclone Cook is over, and the weather is beautiful. Took this photo of Pilot Bay New Zealand, this morning. A few days ago when I learned a cyclone was headed our way, I did not know what to expect, and was told it is the same as a hurricane in the United States.
I took this photo in Mount Maunganui New Zealand, two days before heading home to Southern California.There is a beautiful trail that leads around the mountain. The locals refer to it, as walking the mount. When I visited two years ago, there’d been a land slide, so it wasn’t possible to hike the entire trail, but this year it was open all the way around. As you can see, the scenery is gorgeous. I’m always amazed at how green and rugged it is.Here is our nine year old grandson, Charlie who is like a little mountain goat and loves to climb.
Here you can see more of the rugged coastline as we continued along the trail. It was a wonderful hike, and it’s fun to look at the photos now that I’m home. They remind me of all the fun things I did during my three weeks in New Zealand.
This is the stove top espresso maker I use every morning to prepare my coffee. I have fallen in love with it. I’m thinking of taking one home with me to California. For those who are new to this type of percolator, this is how it works. Continue reading
This morning the rain stopped and the weather turned gorgeous. I decided to walk to the mall, which is an hour away. I was ready for some good exercise after being housebound for a couple of days. Above is one of the lovely houses on my daughter’s street. I love seeing the different architectural styles in New Zealand. Many of the homes have steel roofs in different colours.
When I saw this house I was transported back to my early childhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It reminds me so very much of the house my aunt, uncle, and cousins lived in before they moved to California in the late 50s. I just had to take a photo of it.I walked back home, another hour, and prepared my lunch. As you can see, it was a New Zealand/California combination. Cheese quesadilla, tea, and ginger biscuits. Not the healthiest, but It was yummy.!